I am astonished by the lifelike quality the artist has imbued in each of these figural sculptures. However, I’m not sure what to think of it, and I could find very little information on the artist or their intentions in making this work.
The people in this sculpture are large women wearing lingerie. They are standing and laying on a pile of consumer goods, many of which appear to be symbolic of beauty, fashion, or weight, such as shopping bags from designer stores, make-up palettes, and soda cans. The sculptures appear to be slightly larger than life size. The piece is outlandish and strange, but I like how it seems to humorously reject narrow standards of “beauty.”
The work is an homage to Liberty Leading the People, a painting by Eugène Delacroix. In the original, which depicts France’s “July Revolution,” a woman symbolizing “Liberty” climbs over the bodies of the dead to raise a flag. The artist is a student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, where the work was recently exhibited.